Symposium Chairmen

Organizing Committee


CR3 — NSF Center for Resource Recovery & Recycling

The Center for Resource Recovery and Recycling (CR3) is committed to being the premier cooperative research center focused on sustainable stewardship of the earth’s resources.

Our focus is on helping industry address a pivotal societal need – the need to create a sustainable future. At CR3 you will advance technologies that recover, recycle and reuse materials throughout the manufacturing process. These advancements will help your business reduce energy costs and increase profitability, while protecting our natural resources.

The Center for Resource Recovery and Recycling is a multi-university, member-driven collaborative. Four of the world’s leading universities in materials engineering steer CR3, ensuring that it is making a difference globally.

Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) is one of the best technological universities in New England and one of the nation’s earliest technological universities. World renowned faculty lead students and industry partners in a number of cutting-edge research areas, resulting in breakthroughs and innovations in such fields as materials processing, biotechnology, fuel cells, information security, and nanotechnology. Colorado School of Mines (CSM) is a public teaching and research university devoted to engineering and applied science, with special emphasis on the development and stewardship of the earth’s natural resources. CSM is a leading educational institution in process metallurgy and rare earth metal. KU Leuven is one of the leading European universities where internationally acclaimed research, high-quality education, and societal outreach meet. Resource efficiency is a flagship research area with focus on critical metal recycling, use of secondary resources into building materials, enhanced landfill mining and policy research. The University of Tokyo is recognized globally as a leading research university, and a true partner in CR3’s quest to provide for a more sustainable future. Established in 1877 as the first national university in Japan, U Tokyo has gained worldwide recognition for the work it is doing to bring research and academia together, specifically in the area of addressing depletion of our natural resources and damage to the environment.

CSM — Colorado School of Mines

The Humanitarian Engineering program is training the next generation of engineers to use engineering to promote corporate social responsibility and the social license to operate. At CSM we are breaking new ground by bringing engineers and social scientists together to create the first CSR curriculum specifically designed for multiple disciplines, from petroleum and mining engineering to environmental engineering. Our faculty collaborate with programs and centers across campus, including a ConocoPhillips Center for a Sustainable WE2ST student research project on community acceptance of unconventional energy in Colorado’s Front Range. Our students learn how to create shared value for companies and communities through real world engineering projects with CSM faculty, alumni, companies, graduate students and communities. In one project, students partnered with an international mining company to foster more sustainable artisanal mining practices in Latin America. Training in CSR propels our graduates to careers in the world’s leading energy and mining companies. The strength of our program rests on our academic and corporate partners and sponsors, ranging from the National Science Foundation to the Shultz Family Fund. We invite collaborations on student design projects, internships, class lectures, financial support and more.

Planning Partners

AIME — American Institute of Mining, Metallurgical and Petroleum Engineers

One of 5 engineering Founder Societies, AIME was founded in 1871 by 22 mining engineers in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. AIME was one of the first national engineering societies established in the United States, and, along with ASCE (civil), ASME (mechanical), IEEE (electrical), and AIChE (chemical), it is known as an Engineering Founder Society. Together, the engineering Founder Societies form the United Engineering Foundation (UEF).

AIME has 4 Member Societies representing over 200,000 professionals worldwide, including: SME (Society for Mining, Metallurgy, and Exploration), TMS (The Minerals, Metals, and Materials Society), AIST (Association for Iron & Steel Technology), SPE (Society of Petroleum Engineers).

AIME's Mission is to support its Member Societies. We fulfill this mission by exercising fiscal responsibility, distributing funds, facilitating interaction with the relevant scientific and engineering community, encouraging collaboration among the Member Societies and by honoring the legacy and traditions of AIME. Our vision is to honor our legacy as a valued partner with our Member Societies.

SME — Society for Mining, Metallurgy & Exploration

The Society for Mining, Metallurgy & Exploration Inc. (SME) is a professional society (nonprofit 501(c)(3) corporation) whose more than 15,000 membership represents all professionals serving the minerals industry in more than 100 countries. SME members include engineers, geologists, metallurgists, educators, students and researchers. SME advances the worldwide mining and underground construction community through information exchange and professional development. SME's staff is located in Englewood, Colorado.

TMS — The Minerals, Metals and Materials Society

Headquartered in the United States but international in both its membership and activities, The Minerals, Metals & Materials Society (TMS) is a rare professional organization that encompasses the entire range of materials and engineering, from minerals processing and primary metals production to basic research and the advanced applications of materials.

In support of its Mission Statement and Strategic Plan, the society provides forums for the exchange of information; promotes technology transfer; promotes the education and development of current and future professionals; represents the profession in the accreditation of educational programs and in the registration of professional engineers (a U.S.-grounded activity); encourages professionalism, ethical behavior, and concern for the environment; and stimulates a worldwide sense of unity in the profession.

To reflect TMS’ commitment to ethical professional behavior, the Society has endorsed the National Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE) Code of Ethics, which sets the standard for our members.

AIST — Association of Iron and Steel Technology

The Association for Iron & Steel Technology (AIST) is a non-profit organization with 17,500 members from more than 70 countries. With 30 Technology Committees and 22 Local Members Chapters, AIST represents an incomparable network of steel industry knowledge and expertise.

Our mission is to advance the technical development, production, processing and application of iron and steel.

The vision of AIST is to be a global leader in networking, education and sustainability programs for advancing iron and steel technology.

SPE — Society of Petroleum Engineers

SPE is the largest individual-member organization serving managers, engineers, scientists and other professionals worldwide in the upstream segment of the oil and gas industry.

In 1957, the organization was officially founded as SPE, a constituent society of the American Institute of Mining, Metallurgical and Petroleum Engineers (AIME). SPE became a separately incorporated organization in 1985.

The SPE Board of Directors is the policy-making and governing body of SPE. SPE board committees oversee many of SPE’s administrative and operating responsibilities. The board retains final authority on all SPE matters, including any actions the board committees may take.

More than 168,000 members in 144 countries participate in 207 sections and 368 student chapters. SPE’s membership includes more than 68,000 student members.

SPE’s mission is to collect, disseminate, and exchange technical knowledge concerning the exploration development and production of oil and gas resources, and related technologies for the public benefit; and to provide opportunities for professionals to enhance their technical and professional competence.

Our vision is to enable the global oil and gas E&P industry to share technical knowledge needed to meet the world’s energy needs in a safe and environmentally responsible manner.

ASCE — American Society of Civil Engineers

The American Society of Civil Engineers represents more than 150,000 members of the civil engineering profession in 177 countries. Founded in 1852, ASCE is the nation’s oldest engineering society.

ASCE stands at the forefront of a profession that plans, designs, constructs, and operates society’s economic and social engine – the built environment – while protecting and restoring the natural environment.

Through the expertise of its active membership, ASCE is a leading provider of technical and professional conferences and continuing education, the world’s largest publisher of civil engineering content, and an authoritative source for codes and standards that protect the public.

The Society advances civil engineering technical specialties through nine dynamic Institutes and leads with its many professional- and public-focused programs.

AIChE — American Institute of Chemical Engineers

AIChE is the world's leading organization for chemical engineering professionals, with more than 50,000 members from over 100 countries. AIChE has the breadth of resources and expertise you need whether you are in core process industries or emerging areas, such as translational medicine.

As a member, you can access information on recognized and promising chemical engineering processes and methods. Connect with a global network of intelligent, resourceful colleagues and their shared wisdom. Find learning opportunities from recognized authorities. Move forward professionally with AIChE and enrich the world we live in.

Promotional Partners

AAES — American Association of Engineering Societies

The American Association of Engineering Societies (AAES) is a multidisciplinary organization of engineering societies dedicated to advancing the knowledge, understanding, and practice of engineering. AAES member societies represent the mainstream of U.S. engineering — engineers in industry, government, and academia.

The history of AAES starts in 1979 in New York. Today its office and staff are located in Reston, VA. AAES is a nonprofit organization that operates within a vision, mission, and engineer’s preamble.

AEG — Association of Environmental & Engineering Geologists

In June 1957, 13 local engineering geologists met in Sacramento, CA, to discuss the need for organization of a society in the specific field of engineering geology. In 1964, AEG was accepted as a member society of the American Geological Institute.

On September 22, 2005, the Past Presidents unanimously petitioned the Executive Council and Board of Directors to have the Association's name changed to the Association of Environmental & Engineering Geologists. The Association has been serving members of both the environmental and engineering geology for a number of years, and the name change serves to provide formal recognition of this support.

Our membership is presently located in 15 countries. In the United States, AEG's membership comes from each of the 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. The membership of the Association of Environmental & Engineering Geologists continues to grow, as the field of Engineering Geology and Environmental Geology gains greater recognition and the need for our organization becomes more apparent. Ever-increasing interest is being shown by geologists from countries around the world as the importance of applied geology, in both the development and restoration of the earth, gains international recognition.

CGS — The Canadian Geotechnical Society

The Canadian Geotechnical Society is the leading organization for geotechnical engineering and related geoscience in Canada. The CGS is dedicated to the advancement of knowledge and the creation of opportunities to exchange information among individuals from academia (both faculty and students), consulting, government, industry, contractors, and various providers of geotechnical-related products and services.

With approximately 1,400 members across Canada and around the world, the CGS is a driving force in the geotechnical profession by providing opportunities for members to upgrade their skills, to present research and case histories, and to connect with other geotechnical professionals locally, nationally, and internationally.

EEGD — The Environmental & Engineering Geology Division

The Environmental & Engineering Geology of GSA is the oldest engineering geology organization in the United States. EEGD is proud to have 3100+ members as of December 2015. We are the only GSA division to have our own publications series and we support state of the art presentations at our meetings. Since engineering geologists use knowledge within all fields of geology in their application of our science to benefit society, we are truly the interdisciplinary division.

IAEG — International Association for Engineering Geology and the Environment

Engineering Geology is the science devoted to the investigation, study and solution of the engineering and environmental problems which may arise as the result of the interaction between geology and the works and activities of man as well as to the prediction and of the development of measures for prevention or remediation of geological hazards. (IAEG statutes, 1992)

The International Association for Engineering Geology and the Environment (IAEG) was founded in 1964 and is affiliated to the International Union of Geological Sciences (IUGS). IAEG is a worldwide scientific society with more than 5,200 members and 59 national groups. The official languages of the IAEG are English and French.

The aims of the International Association for Engineering Geology and the Environment are: to promote and encourage the advancement of Engineering Geology through technological activities and research, to improve teaching and training in Engineering Geology, and to collect, evaluate and disseminate the results of engineering geological activities on a worldwide basis.